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Sheldon, William
Manuscript essay on the Identity of Junius meant for publication in the Providence Gazette
[Providence: ca. 1805-10]. Folio, 18 pages in ink (approx. 13" x 8"), docketed "Adelphiad" for the Providence Gazette on the verso of the last leaf; browned, edge curling, but legible. A lengthy essay by William Sheldon of North Providence who was a contributing writer to the Providence Gazette. In this essay he posits that Junius was a pseudonym for William "Gerrard" Hamilton. A note in contemporary script on the verso notes that the manuscript never appeared in the newspaper. William Gerard Hamilton (1729-1796), English statesman, was popularly known as "Single Speech Hamilton". He was born in London in 1729, the son of a Scottish bencher of Lincoln's Inn. He was educated at Winchester and at Oriel College, Oxford. Inheriting his father's fortune he entered political life and became M.P. for Petersfield, Hampshire. William Sheldon proceeds to produce many arguments as to why Hamilton appears to be the best candidate to be Junius. Sheldon also discusses other possibilities as to the identity of Junius, including Edmund Burke, Hugh Boyd, and the lawyer Dunning. William Sheldon (1762-1822) was an Englishman educated at Oxford University who came to the United States in 1785 and resided for a time in Norwich, Connecticut. While there he apparently lost a great deal of money due to his ignorance of the operation of the usury law of the state. His loss led him to publish, in 1798, a pamphlet on the subject entitled, Cursory Remarks on the Laws Concerning Usury. He then lived in North Providence, Rhode island where he was the principal writer for John Carter's Providence Gazette … [Click Below for Full Description]
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